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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:07:18 -0400
Modric moment of class lifts Croatia to 1-0 win over Turkey

England and Russia have been threatened with expulsion from the European Championship if there is further violence by their fans. Expressing its ''utter disgust'' over three days of disorder in Marseille, UEFA told the English and Russian federations on Sunday ''to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner'' at the tournament in France. Only Russia is facing immediate UEFA disciplinary proceedings after its fans attacked English rivals inside the Stade Velodrome after their first match in Group B, which ended 1-

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:55:03 -0400
Soccer-Sweden fans could be left stranded by airline strike

At least 44 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between soccer fans in the southern French cities of Marseille and Nice, officials said Sunday. Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries in Marseille were minor but that four were serious and that one of them - an England supporter - was in serious but stable condition. Local officials in the Cote d'Azur city of Nice said clashes broke out after French soccer hooligans fought with fans from Poland and Northern Irelan

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:31:53 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

FIFA issued a statement Sunday soon after UEFA opened a disciplinary case against the Russian soccer federation for disorder and racist chants by fans at Stade Velodrome, where Russia drew 1-1 against England on Saturday. UEFA will judge the case on Tuesday. In the next two summers, Russia will host the FIFA-organized Confederations Cup in four cities and the 2018 World Cup in 11 citie

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:17:02 -0400
Soccer-Tosun surprise starter for Turkey against Croatia

By John Irish and Tara Oakes PARIS/MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after its fans assaulted English counterparts at the end of their Euro 2016 match in Marseille. Moments after the final whistle in the Stade Velodrome, masked Russian supporters charged at England fans, punching and kicking them. UEFA said it was also investigating allegations of racist behavior, the throwing of missiles and use of firework

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:50:15 -0400
French government backs police after Euro 2016 fan violence

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia on Sunday for crowd disturbances and racist behavior by its fans during a European Championship game against England. The governing body of European soccer also said it would strengthen security at stadiums in France in response to the disorder. The English Football Association, whose fans fled the stadium in Marseille after being attacked by a large group of Russian fans, has not been charged by UEF

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:11:21 -0400
Portugal superstar Ronaldo takes on Iceland minnows

At least 44 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between soccer fans in the southern French cities of Marseille and Nice, officials said Sunday. Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries in Marseille were minor but that four were serious and that one of them - an England supporter - was in serious but stable condition. Local officials in the Cote d'Azur city of Nice said clashes broke out after French soccer hooligans fought with fans from Poland and Northern Irelan

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:46:50 -0400
Garics may sing both anthems in Austria vs. Hungary at Euros

There could not be more different teams than Portugal and Iceland at the European championships. A well-established European soccer power, Portugal is relying heavily on the prowess of Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who hopes to take advantage of the competition to show the world how good he is. Iceland, on the other hand, qualified for the first time and has no star player in its squad apart from the aging ex-Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnse

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:42:45 -0400
Police say 35 injured in clashes in Marseille

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:42:45 -0400
Police say 35 injured in clashes in Marseille

On the eve of Spain's European Championship opener, the name of the team's starting goalkeeper is still in doubt. Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has yet to announce whether it will be veteran Iker Casillas or troubled David de Gea in goal when the two-time defending champions take on the Czech Republic on Monday. There used to be no question about Spain's goalkeeping position as Casillas was an indisputable starter for years, the captain of a golden generation that won two European titles and the World Cu

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:15:50 -0400
Soccer-US win group after Costa Rica stun Colombia

(Reuters) - The United States beat Paraguay 1-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America as Group A winners on Saturday after Costa Rica stunned already-qualified Colombia 3-2. The United States, who are hosting the tournament in its 100th anniversary, will next play the second-placed team in Group B. As it stands, Brazil top that group ahead of Peru and Ecuador, with Haiti already eliminated. U.S. forward Clint Dempsey converted a low cross from Gyasi Zardes in the 27th minute as the hosts had the better of the early exchange

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:00:21 -0400
Soccer-Workmanlike mentality gives Italy hope against Belgium

By John Irish LYON, France (Reuters) - Plagued by injuries to his creative midfielders and without a talisman up front, Italy coach Antonio Conte is banking on a workmanlike team full of energy to outfox Belgium's exciting young forwards when they meet on Monday. Once famed for their "catenaccio", a tactical system with an emphasis on a strong defensive unit, Italy come to the tournament with arguably their weakest team for years and conceding goals particularly against top teams. Despite opening the scoring, the Italians were beaten comfortably 3-1 by Belgium in a November friendl

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:16:10 -0400
Soccer-Euro 2016 violence spreads to second French city

By Philip O'Connor PARIS (Reuters) - A youthful England side produced a performance full of verve and skill but were punished for failing to convert their dominance into goals as Russia grabbed a late equalizer in their Euro 2016 opener in Marseille on Saturday. The end of the Group B match, which finished 1-1, was marred by violence in the stands as supporters clashed after the final whistle and, despite their superb performance, England will be left rueing their missed opportunities. The lads are disappointed not to get the win but we can take a lot of positives," England captain Wayne Rooney sai

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:51:41 -0400
Fighting overshadows football again at Euro 2016

Wayne Rooney began what may be a new era in his lengthy England career with a deep-lying midfield role against Russia at Euro 2016. Sitting back in the center of the pitch on Saturday, waiting for time and space to play a decisive pass, Rooney did the job he finished the English season performing at Manchester United in Louis van Gaal's final months as manager. One through ball in particular to Dele Alli could easily have resulted in a goal, and Rooney provided a calm, controlling presence in midfield in the 1-1 dra

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:48:32 -0400
England and Russia fans riot at in Marseille at Euro 2016

Clashes between England and Russia supporters even broke out inside the stadium at the final whistle, after Vasily Berezutsky headed the equalizer in stoppage time. England had taken a 73rd minute lead through a superb free kick by Eric Dier. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one British citizen was ''seriously injured'' in the clashe

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:27:16 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over Saturday's violence inside the stadium in Marseille, with Russia potentially facing tougher sanctions than England because its fans were in the front line of trouble at the last European Championship. ''UEFA can only take disciplinary action for incidents which happen within the stadium perimeter,'' the European soccer body said in a statemen

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:14:36 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

Russia fans stormed a section of England supporters inside the stadium moments after a 1-1 draw between the countries at the European Championship on Saturday, ending another day of violence and rioting in the southern French city of Marseille. The clashes continued moments after the final whistle, when a large group of Russian fans in one of the stands behind the goal advanced on England supporters in the neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking through a line of stewards. England fans - including young children - fled for the exits in panic, with some having to vault railings to escap

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:48:31 -0400
End of the old boys club? FIFA moves spur hope for equity

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The Euro 2016 game between Russia and England ended with scenes of mayhem on Saturday as scores of Russian fans charged into a section full of rival supporters, throwing missiles, tearing down flags and fighting with anyone who remained in their way. Thousands of England fans were forced to retreat, many climbing a high fence and pouring into the exit gangways, while a ring of stewards stood on the pitch watching events unfold while taking no action. Groups of Russian fans even advanced from ground level up to the second tier of the vast 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome before a handful of stewards eventually stepped in to form a ragged cordo

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:45:21 -0400
Violence mars England - 1-1 draw with Russia at Euro 2016

As the drumbeat for gender equity in soccer grows louder with the approach of the Olympics in Rio, there are signs that women's issues are being taken seriously by FIFA. New President Gianni Infantino appointed a woman, Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura as secretary general last month, and announced the creation of a women's soccer division at the recent FIFA Congress in Mexico City. FIFA also recently wrapped up its second Female Leadership Development Program, which seeks to support women in soccer while advocating for women in leadership positions within the gam

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:25:19 -0400
Soccer-Wales hopeful devastated Hennessey can face England

Eric Dier says England's emotions took a dive after Russia scored a late equalizer in Saturday's 1-1 draw. Dier gave England the lead with a 73rd-minute curling free kick but says ''our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly'' when Vasily Berezutsky scored for Russia. UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing the stronger sanctions after its fans attacked England supporters in the stadiu

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:19:35 -0400
Soccer-Late Russia goal snatches 1-1 draw against England

Two weeks on from winning the Champions League for the second time in three seasons with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition following a 58-year absence. It was Bale who put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and who was the driving force behind much of his team's attacking intent in its 2-1 victory on Saturday against Slovakia in a Group B match at the European Championship. Coleman said Bale understands exactly what's required of him and ''he delivers that and what comes of that is three million people Welsh people absolutely loving him to piece

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:17:12 -0400
Russia fans charge at English inside Marseille stadium

Since making his debut for Germany just months before the 2010 World Cup, Toni Kroos has quietly gone about becoming one of the team's leaders, and an undisputed star. Fresh from helping Real Madrid win the Champions League, Kroos is now one of the candidates to be captain when Germany opens its European Championship campaign against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday. Kroos exudes calm, plays at his own tempo, initiates the game and provides a reliable link between defense and attac

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:56:36 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

For much of Gareth Bale's footballing life, the recipe his teammates have had to follow is a fairly simple one: Give him the ball and his left foot will do the rest. Bale's standout talents in the Wales squad of players from the first, second and third tiers of English football make the debate worthy. The world-record 100 million euros (then worth $132 million) that Real Madrid reportedly paid for Bale in 2013 - a fee that would stretch higher than the second floor of the Eiffel Tower if stacked in a pile of 50-euro notes - is almost twice as much as other clubs paid, in total, for all of the other 10 players who stood side-by-side with Bale for the kick-off in Bordeau

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:46:56 -0400
Clashes erupt in Marseille ahead of England-Russia match

Ominously for the rest of the Euro 2016 contenders, Germany coach Joachim Loew reported good news on the injury front ahead of the world champion's opening game against Ukraine. Mats Hummels was well on his way to recovering from a calf injury sustained in the German Cup final and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is sure to ''play his part in the tournament at some stage,'' Loew said on the eve of Sunday's Group C game. Germany has had to cope with a number of notable absences through injury - Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Antonio Ruediger have all been ruled out - but Loew says he has the players to compensat

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:36:40 -0400
Loew says Germany is fully fit for Euro 2016

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane got the nod up front for England's opening Euro 2016 Group B game against Russia on Saturday as coach Roy Hodgson picked a team full of attacking talent. Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana were also included, heaping a huge defensive responsibility on Eric Dier, although whether Rooney acts as a second forward or takes more of a midfield role remains to be seen. Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill fill the centre back roles with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker outside them. Striker Jamie Vardy is among the substitutes. .

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:29:22 -0400
Robson-Kanu strikes late to give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane got the nod up front for England's opening Euro 2016 Group B game against Russia on Saturday as coach Roy Hodgson picked a team full of attacking talent. Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana were also included, heaping a huge defensive responsibility on Eric Dier, although whether Rooney acts as a second forward or takes more of a midfield role remains to be seen. Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill fill the centre back roles with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker outside them. Striker Jamie Vardy is among the substitutes. .

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:26:56 -0400
Soccer-Rooney and Kane spearhead England - attack

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late goal as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 at the European Championship on Saturday in his team's first match at a major competition since the 1958 World Cup. Gareth Bale had given Wales the lead in the 10th minute when he curled in a free kick. Ondrej Duda equalized with his first touch for Slovakia in the 61st, a minute after he came on as a substitut

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:15:23 -0400
Soccer-Terim says Turkey captain Turan ready to face Croatia

Before even kicking off at the European Championship, Croatia and Turkey is talking boldly of taking places in their national soccer history. Croatia's team at the European Championship is one of the best that's been sent to a major competition in the country's relatively short history, according to long-time captain Darijo Srna. Turkey coach Fatih Terim talked about his team ahead of Sunday's first match as a potential new era for the Euro 2008 and 2002 World Cup semifinalist which has lost just once in 16 matche

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:08:15 -0400
The Latest: Fans clash near stadium in Marseille

An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in the second Group A match of the European Championship on Saturday. Despite dominating most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Albania captain Lorik Cana was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to come to Switzerland's rescue in the closing minutes, with his fine save preventing an equalizer from the unmarked Shkelzen Gashi - his former teammate from Switzerland's Under-21 tea

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:53:54 -0400
Soccer-European Championship group B results and standings

For the first time in European Championship history, two brothers played for opposing sides when Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 on Saturday in their opening Group A match. Granit Xhaka helped the Swiss to victory over an Albania side that included his older brother Taulant, in their first international encounter on different teams. ''It was a very special moment for our family having two sons playing on opposite sides,'' said Granit, who was recently signed by Arsenal after captaining Borussia Monchengladbach to fourth place in the Bundesliga last seaso

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:07:50 -0400
Soccer-Leave me alone, prolific Giroud tells mudslingers

France striker Olivier Giroud hopes that he has silenced the ''mudslingers'' who jeered him and questioned whether he's good enough for international football. With coach Didier Deschamps leaving out Karim Benzema from his Euro 2016 squad - the Real Madrid striker is under investigation for his part in a blackmail scam - all eyes were on Giroud. On Friday, he scored France's opening goal against Romania as Les Bleus overcame a jittery performance to win 2-

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:38:29 -0400
England fans riot at Old Port in Marseille

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:29:00 -0400
Croatia captain Srna says Euro 2016 team among nation - best

An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in the second Group A match of the European Championship on Saturday. Despite dominating most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Albania captain Lorik Cana was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to come to Switzerland's rescue in the closing minutes, with his fine save preventing an equalizer from the unmarked Shkelzen Gashi - his former teammate from Switzerland's Under-21 tea

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:26:54 -0400
The Latest: Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey out of match

PARIS (Reuters) - English soccer fans hurling empty beer bottles and chairs clashed with French riot police in Marseille on Saturday, ahead of England's opening match of the Euro 2016 championships against Russia. Television images showed one English supporter lying hurt on the ground as dozens of police blocked access to some streets in the city's Vieux Port (Old City) area. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Richard Loug

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:36:26 -0400
Zlatan on record trail as Euro 2016 gets his full attention

The brotherly duel between Albania's Taulant Xhaka and Switzerland's Granit Xhaka is on. Both midfielders will start in the second match of the European Championship at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. Taulant Xhaka recovered in time from a leg injury to feature in Albania's first ever appearance at a major tournamen

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:59:47 -0400
Soccer-Japanese championship first stage results and standings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the record trail as he readies to compete in his fourth and most likely last, European Championship in the country where he's enjoyed so much success for his club Paris Saint-Germain. Sweden's 34-year-old talisman will lead out his team Monday against Ireland at Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris after four title-winning seasons for PSG. ''It will be really special to lead my country as captain in such a big competition, especially since it's being held in France where I've played my club football,'' Ibrahimovic said in an interview published on UEFA's websit

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:26:56 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Marseille's historic Old Port was busy but calm on Saturday morning, a day after police repeatedly fired tear gas at rowdy, drunken soccer fans. Remnants of broken beer bottles remained on the cobbled streets of the port and terraces were packed with fans ahead of Saturday night's European Championship match between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome. The peaceful scenes of fans mingling with tourists as relaxed police looked on was a stark contrast to the clashes of Friday night, when police fired tear gas to disperse fans and break up fights, a repeat of Thursday night clashes at the por

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:56:27 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Belgium's ''golden generation'' of players will be looking to live up to the hype when they take on an aging Italian side in their opening Group E match at the European Championship on Monday. Second-ranked Belgium has been tipped by many to win Euro 2016 despite a fairly lackluster display at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The team is laden with stars from goalkeeper to striker, many of whom ply their trade at top clubs in the English Premier Leagu

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:25:17 -0400
Soccer-Rojas helps NZ into Confederations Cup after shootout

After a hectic final week of preparations that has raised concerns about the team's readiness, Spain will start defending its European Championship title on Monday. The two-time defending champions take on the Czech Republic in their Group D opener looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to 137th-ranked Georgia in their final warm-up game, and from an off-the-field controversy involving goalkeeper David de Gea. De Gea's name appeared in court papers as part of a police investigation into a prostitution ring allegedly involving a Spanish pornographic filmmake

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 02:00:07 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday, June 11

France has identified Saturday's match between England and Russia in Marseille as one of the Euro 2016 soccer games most likely to lead to violence involving fans, and is determined to avoid more trouble after scuffles on Thursday and Friday. "This is one of the five risky matches of the tournament ... British and Russians with the heat, that can be explosive," Sports Minister Patrick Kanner told i-Television on Saturday. French police stepped in to break up small groups of English and Russian fans who squared up and hurled taunts at one another in Marseille, southern France, on Frida

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:21:17 -0400
Soccer-Messi grabs three as Argentina ease into quarter-finals

(Reuters) - Lionel Messi came off the bench to score a hat-trick in just 18 minutes on Friday as Argentina hammered Panama 5-0 and eased into the quarter-finals of the Copa America. Argentina were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to a Nicolas Otamendi goal after just six minutes. Panama lost Anibal Godoy to a red card after half an hour but the Central Americans held on until Messi, who missed Argentina's opening win against Chile with a sore back, replaced Augusto Fernandez after 61 minute

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:04:20 -0400
Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defense

By Brian Homewood NICE, France (Reuters) - Poland face a test of patience and their nerves when they open their Euro 2016 campaign against a Northern Ireland side who want to make themselves "horrible" to play against. Spearheaded by the attacking duo of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik, Poland were the highest-scoring team in the qualifying competition with 33 goals, 13 of them coming from Bayern Munich's Lewandowski. Coach Adam Nawalka has turned them from a counter-attacking side into one that keeps possession and build attacks carefull

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Poland face test of patience against "horrible" N.Ireland

Croatia will seek to erase the bitter memories of their Euro 2008 failure against Turkey, described by key players as their most painful defeat ever, when they meet in this year's Group D opener in Paris on Sunday. The Croatians had one foot in the last four eight years ago, after taking a 1-0 lead in the final minute of extra time in an epic quarter-final clash in Vienna, only to concede with the last kick of the game before they lost in a penalty shootout. Croatia have not reached the knockout stages of a major tournament since and defender Vedran Corluka, a survivor from the 2008 side, said navigating a tough group was more important than getting reveng

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:34:22 -0400
France coach Deschamps wants a lot more from Pogba

France made a perfect start to the European Championship on Friday, with its national team beating Romania and its security forces ensuring that everyone stayed safe at the Stade de France. Seven months after the stadium was a target of the attacks that claimed 130 lives across Paris, the host nation opened the 24-team tournament with a late 2-1 victory over Romania. Security forces in Marseille did not have such an easy tim

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:03:53 -0400
Soccer-Romania coach warns of tough task to rouse dejected players

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- It's not a case of whether France's defense will get found out later on in the European Championship against better sides. The difference is that better sides will ruthlessly punish France's nervous, creaking back four the way Romania could not in a 2-1 defeat in their Euro 2016 opener on Friday night. While Dimitri Payet's wonderful late goal will rightly grab the headlines, the night could have turned out badly - because France should have fallen behind in the fourth minute, after a calamitous mix up by a fledgling center half pairing featuring the ultra-nervous Adil Rami alongside Laurent Koscielny led to a corne

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:57:39 -0400
Soccer-France maestro Payet gets payback with stunning winner

Tear gas drifted through the air and broken bottles crunched under foot as French police struggled to control rowdy, drunken soccer fans causing havoc in the southern port city of Marseille on the opening day of the European Championship on Friday. As France and Romania were getting the tournament underway in Paris, a second night of violence and hooliganism raged in Marseille's Old Port district as police repeatedly clashed with fans from France, Russia and England flared deep into the night. England and Russia were meeting in a Euro 2016 game at the city's Stade Velodrome on Saturda

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:32:58 -0400
Payet lifts France over Romania 2-1 in Euro 2016 opener

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Hosts France enjoyed an uplifting start to Euro 2016 as Dimitri Payet's superb last-gasp strike bailed out Les Bleus in a 2-1 victory over a stubborn Romania side at the Stade de France on a peaceful night in the capital on Friday. Starting the month-long tournament amid strikes to protest against a labor law and terror fears seven months after Islamic attacks on Paris killed 130, the national team lightened the mood thanks to Payet's 20-metre drive into the top corner. Didier Deschamps' team seemed to be heading for a gloomy draw but a moment of magic from talismanic West Ham United player Payet left the home fans celebrating a memorable win on a serene Paris evening to get the finals off to a fine star

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:24 -0400
France - poor defense already an open secret at Euro 2016

French President Francois Hollande has praised the country's transport and security services for their handling of the opening match. Speaking before France's 2-1 win over Romania at Stade de France on Friday, Hollande said everything is being done to ''make a success'' of the European Championship. Dimitri Payet, who scored France's late winner against Romania, said ''there was a lot of stress, a lot of pressure'' on the team as it started its quest for a third European Championship titl

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:54:57 -0400
The Latest: France - Payet voices relief after late victory

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Ultimately, the game of football or even the result, 2-1 for France against Romania, didn't matter as much as the simple fact that people came for it in their tens of thousands. From across France and beyond, packed tight into a stadium that suicide bombers recently targeted. Coming together, eight months on from that night of horror, in a red, white and blue human tide of passion for the opening match of the European Championship felt cathartic after all the trauma, like a new beginnin

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:11:22 -0400
Soccer-France fans in party mode after Euro 2016 win

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- An inspired Dimitri Payet scored one goal and set up another Friday to help France beat Romania 2-1 and give the European Championship a start the host nation badly wanted. Payet capped an outstanding display by curling in an 89th-minute shot with his left foot to restore France's earlier lead. Riding its luck from wasteful Romanian finishing, France took the lead in the 58th when Olivier Giroud headed in Payet's cross from the righ

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:11:19 -0400
Ledley ready to play for Wales after leg break

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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